Because of the busy day, I was getting a lot of "this isn't going to take all day, is it" looks when we got stirring on Sunday. As a result, I looked for a nearby and shortish walk to appease the masses. I chose one based out of Cromford which is about 30 minutes away and just south of Matlock Bath where we ventured last weekend.
Collins Short Walks in the Peak District #15 is "Cromford & the High Peak Incline":
Richard Arkwright came to Cromford in 1771 and built a cotton mill using the Derwent to power his newly invented spinning frames, completely revolutionizing the textile industry. . . . beyond the mill is the tow path of a preserved canal - the one time commercial lifeline of Cromford. The towpath leads to the foot of the High Peak Incline.
According to Collins this is a 3.5 mile walk that takes 1.75 hrs. Hmm -- not for us.
This was the first walk with my new toy (handheld GPS). I'm still figuring it out but I did manage to find some free maps on the internet and load them in. I also tracked our route. We managed to walk 5.1 miles (?) with all the to-ing/for-ing and exploring. It took us 3 hours of which 1 hour was not moving! Now, that's resting but also reading, pit-stops, etc. It will be interesting to see if that 2:1 ratio is normal for us. (All sorts of geeky stat opportunities here).
coot. It would dive to the bottom and pull the moss (?) to the top to pick at it.
What's a walk without a gastropod mollusc. We upped the ante from slug to snail this time (much more interesting). Plenty of slugs too -- none blog worthy though!
a pair of Little Grebes
parent and child moorhen (yes, I looked all of these up)
some babies -- not sure which type this time
"regular" ducks -- check out those wakes; they were bookin'
a different moorhen looking for the right nesting material
and the nest with parent #2
The High Peak Junction (intersection of the Cromford and High Peak railways meeting the canal). Allegedly the oldest train workshops "in the world" (according to Collins, wiki has them second). We had a quick look around but carried on.
a sign inside the vistor's centre (notice date)
Alex pulling up the rear. He had something to check out first.
Up we go. Nice shady walk (we did get warm sheltered from the wind though)
Alex alternated between complaining about the climb to finding interesting things to check out.
a view down to the village of Cromford (and the required, and enjoyed, sheep shot)
hotel run by the Christian Guild.
it's not all pretty -- there's also a quarry
another one of a massive tree somehow growing out of a rock
have rock, will climb
we took a different, and considerably muddier, route down -- we are trying to avoid the worst of it here
big time mud
some nice honeysuckle after the mud
random odd photo outside a store selling hats, scarves, bags, etc. A bag-lady mannequin!
Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site (15 miles from Matlock Bath to Derby). From wiki:
The modern factory, or 'mill', system was born here in the 18th century to accommodate the new technology for spinning cotton developed by Richard Arkwright. With advancements in technology, it became possible to produce cotton continuously. The system was adopted throughout the valley, and later spread so that by 1788 there were over 200 Arkwright-type mills in Britain. Arkwright's inventions and system of organising labour was exported to Europe and the United States.
A final watefall shot near the second mill. It was really bringing it today. (It's been raining a lot).
We were able to get back home for lunch (and a nap!) so I'll claim victory on this one. Hope everyone has a good week.